Monday, July 30, 2012

Elephants and Mega Trials

Today's "main event" comes courtesy of a Tic Tack Toe challenge at The Paper Players -
My combination was Birthday-Dry Embossing-Ribbon.
I also used the sketch challenge from the New Catalogue Edition over at Create with Connie and Mary
I'm actually quite pleased with how my elephant card turned out - he's from You're Amazing.  I coloured his body using an aqua painter and ink.  I was also happy to use one of those fantastic brads that match the Summer Smooches paper.  I was disappointed that they were a limited time thing!

Yesterday I also played around with Christmas ideas for my Christmas in August.   I spotted the video tutorial by Dawn Olchefske  (on Stampin' Connection) using the design below.  I decided to try it out with Bells and Boughs.  What you see below is the final's followed by my first attempt using the flourish from  Everything Eleanor  and colouring in the flowers.  I decided that was too busy and time intensive for a card stack.

 I tried a variety of spritzing ideas before settling on the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  I tried using Old Olive and More Mustard reinker with water in the new Stampin' Spritzer.  I do love how that new Spritzer works - and especially how you can spritz with any of our colours now!

So - I guess that's why some days it takes so long to get a post finished!!!

Today holds some garage clean up and babysitting Elliot this afternoon.
Here he is yesterday afternoon, playing at our house with his dad's hat on!

Ta ta for now - Hope you have a day full of smiles!
Thanks for dropping by.


Dawn Easton said...

What a SWEET picture of Elliot! Adorable!!!!

Love what you did with the sketch! So fun!
Your other cards turned out beautifully too!!!

LeAnne said...

That elephant image is so fun on this card! And your Christmas cards are beautiful, too! I am dying to try that technique myself! Thanks for playing with our challenge this week at the Paper Players! Oh....and your grandson is as cute as can be!

Amy White said...

What a bright and cheery birthday card! Your Christmas cards are beautiful too. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

Nance Leedy said...

Oh my Joan--so much eye candy in this post! Your elephant is so sweet--great coloring job. The Christmas cards are GORGEOUS! And Eliot? Well, he is just as cute as can be! So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week!

Shirley Pumpkin said...

Hey Girl ... Saw your card and had to jump over and say... LOVE IT! I just love the color combo and the sketch is so darn cute!!

Shirley Pumpkin

Anne Marie Hile said...

Hi Joan! I love your card for the Players! I just got that set at Convention and have been looking for fun ideas to try with it. Your stacked cards came out great, too. i love the first one with the gold shimmer spray. Soooo pretty! I really would like to try that technique out so thank you for the link. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week! :)